Special needs students increase: Seymour Community Schools seeing growth in funds to provide services
The number of students identified with special needs in Seymour Community Schools has grown by 250 students over the past five years.
That increase has resulted in nearly $800,000 more in state funding to provide services for students with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
According to the district’s Dec. 1, 2017, special education student count, there are 928 students receiving special education services. They generated $2,917,338 in state financial support for the rest of the school year and the first half of the 2018-19 school year. That’s 21 students and $142,238 more than the 2016-17 school year, said Mika Ahlbrand, special education director.
She credits the growth in special education numbers to the overall growth in the district and success in implementing effective practices to identify children with special needs early on.